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The Best ‘His & Hers’ Watches For Couples

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

To many couples, the idea of a “his-and-hers” watch duo is appealing. The idea is to have sets of watches from the same brand and collection which are offered in equally appealing men’s and women’s variants. Thus, there is typically a larger and more masculinized “his” version, as well as typically a smaller and possibly more decorative “hers” version of the same model watch. His-and-hers watch sets are common enough, but finding ones that look just as good on both people is a bit more challenging. Below, we round up many of the most classic and appealing his and hers watches for couples that further demonstrate the importance and power of truly versatile watch designs.

A quick note on same-sex couples who may be similarly interested in matching, yet distinct timepieces. The situation for these couples is actually less challenging, as in many instances the choice will be not a watch model that has good-looking versions in various sizes, but rather watches which are mostly the same but with material, color, or other cosmetic differences. Same-sex couples looking for matching watches thus may have an easier time, though specific such recommendations are outside the scope of this article.

It is, perhaps, little surprise that classic-looking, conservative watches tend to look the best in both smaller and larger sizes. More distinctive or artistic timepiece designs tend to look best in a more narrow set of design considerations. With that said, you’ll notice that some watch models from the same brand are quite different in “his form” versus “her form.” The real challenge really comes down to selecting a duo of watches that both members of the couple enjoy equally.

If you want to add other good “his and hers” watches to the list, be sure to mention them in the comments below so that people looking for great options can be aware of them.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Rolex Datejust

For me, a success in a his-and-hers watch combo is each piece being the only watch you really need, and the Rolex Datejust and Lady-Datejust absolutely fit that bill. It is even easy to imagine a couple unintentionally ending up with matching Rolex Datejust watches. The quintessential everyday men’s Rolex gifted at birthdays, weddings, and, yes, retirements, the Rolex Datejust is an enduring men’s icon. However, just as ubiquitous is the Rolex Lady-Datejust which successfully feminizes the “grandpa” image that the Datejust can be saddled with. No, it’s not the most youthful piece, so it might not appeal to younger couples, and the price matches the Rolex reputation. The updated Rolex Datejust 41 introduced last year ranges from €9,150 to €11,200. The Rolex the Lady-Datejust 31 in two tone retails for $9,700.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Cartier Santos

Cartier Santos Galbee for her; Cartier Santos 100 for him. The Cartier Santos comes with a great history as the first pilot watch ever created and one of the earliest wrist watches for men ever. Though it began as a men’s watch, it later developed a strong feminine appeal as well. The smaller, 34.8mm-by-26.2mm Cartier Santos Galbee is a good size for women and comes in a “two-tone” steel and gold case with a quartz movement, for a price of $17,300. For guys, the 41mm-wide Cartier Santos 100 with the automatic Cartier 1847 MC movement comes in all steel ($7,000), a two-tone model we reviewed here ($9,650) that would match best with the Galbee, and a black carbon model ($7,600) as the most macho and sporty option.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Hublot Big Bang

Hublot will always offer a bold choice for a man or a woman. The Hublot Big Bang Unico 45, as its name suggests, is 45mm wide and requires some degree of bravado from the wearer – or will perhaps supply you with some. Shown above is the Big Bang Unico 45 Black Magic version that is in a ceramic case, with a skeletonized dial, and Hublot’s HUB1242 UNICO Manufacture movement, all for a price of $19,900. Available in a range of pastel color options, Hublot’s Big Bang Linen is 41mm wide and includes the HUB4300 automatic chronograph movement, precious stones on the bezel, and commands a price of $15,700.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Patek Philippe Nautilus

The quintessential steel sports watch by Patek Philippe, the Nautilus is a contender for top power-couple watch. Recently celebrating its 40th birthday, the Nautilus (along with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak) takes the self-assured luxury of a steel sports watch that costs as much as one made in precious metals and offers an everyday wear with, love it or hate it, top-tier brand recognition and quality. In recent times, Patek has doubled down on its classic designs that veer to the traditional side, but the Gerald Genta-designed Nautilus has remained a perennially popular watch with broad appeal. The 40mm-wide men’s model ref. 5711/1A-010 and the 35mm-wide ladies ref. 7118/1A-001 are both priced the same at about $24,000.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

The Patek Philippe Nautilus vs. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak debate has been litigated and relitigated for years because, like all great timeless debates, there really isn’t a clear winner and both are legends in the world of steel luxury sport watches. The Royal Oak really has emerged as a more mainstream timepiece that you’ll see worn by celebrities, in pop-culture, and on the wrists of uber-wealthy teenage scions on Instagram. Still, the Gerald Genta-designed Royal Oak is an icon that comes in at 37mm (ref. 15450ST.OO.1256ST.01) or 41mm (ref. 15400ST.OO.1220ST.04) options that share an automatic caliber 3120 movement with a solid 60-hour power reserve. It’s far from being an original choice at this point, but it is the original non-round steel luxury sports watch that is nothing short of refined and cool as a his-and-hers option. The 37mm model is priced at $16,500 and the 41mm is $17,800, significantly less than the Patek Nautilus.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Longines Evidenza

The Tonneau-shaped Longines Evidenza is an affordable Swiss watch that should appeal to a couple that appreciates a mechanical watch that stands out, has brand heritage, but costs less than competitors. There’s something inimitably charming about the idea of a couple wearing matching his and hers Tonneau-case watches since it’s a way to stand out from the crowd, but do it together. The men’s model is 33.1mm X 38.75mm and has the caliber L615, based off an ETA-2895-2 movement which operates at 28,800vph and has a 42-hour power reserve. The ladies model shrinks down to 26mm X 30.6mm and has the L595 caliber, based off the ETA 2000/1 which operates at 28,800vph and has a 40-hour power reserve. It also comes in a 19mm X 23mm quartz version. The men’s version on steel bracelet is priced at $2,225, the 26mm ladies version on an alligator strap is $2,000, and the 19mm quartz model is $1,450.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Movado Bold

A more youthful take on the classic Movado museum dial, the Movado Bold was the natural choice when it came to the brand’s connected device offerings. They still offer a ton of traditional non-connected Bold options ranging from the mid to high 3-figure prices that allow for a lot of fun mixing and matching for a his-and-hers combination that is unified by the classically minimalist museum dial. The entire Bold line only comes in quartz, so we are talking about an option that focuses on style, accessibility, and general ease of use. Ladies models range from 25mm all the way up to 42.5mm, and the men’s selections go from there to 44mm. The non-connected Movado Bold watches for men and women start at $390 and go up to about $995 (and a $1,495 ladies model with diamonds on the bezel). The Movado Bold Motion connected watches start at $490 for the 39mm and range from $695 to $895 for the 44mm models.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Bell & Ross

Bell & Ross’s square shaped watches based on the look of airplane cockpit instruments are a modern classic and come in a slew of variations including different materials and sizes. At 42mm wide, the BR 03 is probably the most wearable for men while still providing a lot of wrist presence. The BR S, while probably still a good fit for many men at 39mm, will also appeal to many women wanting a bold and fashionable piece. The version seen above in black ceramic with diamonds and running on a quartz movement, however, is distinctly feminine and has a price of $8,600. The basic steel model Bell & Ross BR 03-92 in steel with a Swiss automatic Sellita SW200-1 movement and on a rubber strap is $3,400.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Rado Ceramica

A couple that’s into the modernist aesthetic isn’t going to have the easiest time finding a his-and-hers piece that matches their style, but the Rado Ceramica presents a sleek and (you guessed it) ceramic option. Recently redesigned by industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, the Rado Ceramica only comes in Quartz in order to maintain a slimmer wrist profile. The practical benefit of not having to deal with making sure a watch is wound is important to a lot of people, but it doesn’t mean design and materials are compromised. The men’s Ceramica is 30mm X 41.7mm, while the ladies model is 22.9mm X 31.7mm. I love the look of the matte-black ceramic on these watches, but the ladies model available in white looks very, very cool also. Price for the men’s and ladies Rado Ceramica is $2,100 and the ladies models with 4 diamonds on the dial are priced at $2,250.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

IWC Pilot’s Watch

It’s common for women to wear men’s style sport watches as opposed to more feminine formal wear. For a lot of women, the perfect combination is a traditionally men’s style design but sized for her smaller wrist. So is the case with IWC’s Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36, which comes in a few dial and strap styles in a 36mm-wide steel case that will look good on ladies who like a more “instrumental look” on their wrist. For him, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is the more masculine counterpart which continues a long tradition of pilot watch design by the brand. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is in steel on a strap or bracelet in a 40mm-wide case. Both watches contain base Swiss automatic movements. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII for men is $3,950 strap or $4,950 bracelet and the IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 for women is priced the same.

The Best 'His & Hers' Watches For Couples ABTW Editors' Lists

Breitling Galactic

When I think about the major Swiss watch brands, Breitling is one that I almost never associate with ladies watches. The Breitling Galactic, however, comes in 29mm, 32mm, and 36mm in addition to the 41mm version. I think there’s definitely a market for the bold, aggressive Breitling aesthetic but in a smaller case size. I honestly can’t say I know a couple that really fits into what I imagine the customers for a his and hers Breitling Galactic to be but I can imagine that they share similar sporty hobbies and lifestyles. For the smaller 29mm and 32mm models, Breitling decided to use their Superquartz movements, while there is the option of the Breitling caliber 37 automatic movement for the 36mm, which operates at 28,800vph and has a 42-hour power reserve. The 29mm only comes in one version with diamonds on the dial and bezel, with a price of $8,330. The 32mm is $5,420 in steel and $7,210 with diamonds on a leather strap. The quartz 36mm on a leather strap is $4,515, and the diamonds and steel bracelet model is $10,950. The automatic 36mm in gold and steel two-tone is $9,255 and steel bracelet with diamonds is $10,735. And finally, we get to the men’s 41mm models which are $5,325 on leather strap and $5,985 on steel bracelet.

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  • Atlee Elmont

    The first one that came to mind was his & hers Oyster Perpetuals. There are sizes and dial colors to fit most anyone’s taste.

  • Epictime

    What about the new lady’s Lange 1 released at SIHH 2017 paired with men’s equivalent??

  • SuperStrapper

    I don’t follow or pay attention to ladies’ watches: does that Breitling galactic really have that odd square on the dial? Why would anyone think that would look ok?

  • IG

    Perfect for purists:

    http://i.imgur.com/z9oRvnA.png

  • BrJean

    How to create a ladies’ watch; the ultimate guide.

    Step 1: Pick any (!) male watch.

    Step 2: Reduce its size by 1mm.

    Step 3 (Optional step): Apply some diamonds here and there.

    Done!

    • IG

      I think Step 2 is optional too.

    • Word Merchant

      Step 3a: And apply pinkness. The ladies like pink.

    • Lincolnshire Poacher

      Quartz. They always think women won’t care about the movement, and just bung any old quartz in.

  • Yojimbo

    Was this column brought to the genius pairing watches and vehicles? I mean I love these thrown together concepts https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/07ec5941da68b6a49b019c5d019353b2e5ba3d466a91de66bbfc81b568297f1c.jpg

  • Marius

    To be honest, I find the his&hers pairings quite boring and uninspired. I don’t understand why my girlfriend should be wearing the women’s version of the exact same watch that I’m wearing. That shows that she has no character at all. Furthermore, buying her a lady’s Date just, Royal Oak, Nautilus etc., only takes money away from my watch budget. My girlfriend doesn’t really need a watch as her main occupations are cooking and washing. For that, her phone is more than enough.

    Here are some pairings which, in my opinion, are much more interesting:

    HIS: A.Lange&Söhne Lange 1
    HER: Michele Gold Plated Cape Chronograph

    HIS: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
    HER: Kirby Sintra vacuum cleaner

    HIS: Patek Philippe Gondolo 5124G
    HER: KitchenAid Artisan Mini

    Furthermore, I’m saddened to see that this article is politically incorrect and that it doesn’t take into account the new developments in our society. How about a HIS & HIS article, or a HER & HER article?

    • SuperStrapper

      You’re such a fascist clod. There are 58 genders, meaning over 1650 possible pairings. When Yvette Felarca hears about this she will very reasonably call for your rape and murder, as 2 of any possible means necessary to push her totally justified non-fascist agenda.

      • Word Merchant

        “There are 58 genders…”

        Er…?

      • BILL*

        Far be it from me to criticize, but as an asexual yet polyamorous furry…where’s my article??

      • Yojimbo

        been following Jordan Paterson?

        • SuperStrapper

          #MakePronounsWordsAgain

        • Simon

          I think you mean Peterson. Guy’s a legend.

          • Yojimbo

            you are correct, I dunno why I can’t remember his name

    • WINKS

      Your girlfriend has a phone?! Great! And her number is…?

    • Spangles

      Did you not read the article?

      His and Hers Hublot are a perfect fit for you.

    • Gokart Mozart

      I agree it is better to have different watches for him and her. Also the trick is to buy her a watch that you can “borrow” alot. Given the stupid sizes nowadays with women’s watches nowadays, a her watch is bigger than than a man’s watch 15 years ago.

      Of these pairings the only reasonable one would be the IWC’s, but make the his watch a chronograph.

    • MeaCulpa

      The kitchen aid was a disappointment, if you have the good taste to buy a Patek for you surely your better half deserves a proper Kenwood

      • ConElPueblo

        Here’s someone who knows what he’s talking about!!

  • BILL*

    I kinda like that other Nautilus.

    • Spangles

      You can get a Piaget Polo S and have almost the same watch (but worse) in a man’s size.

      • BILL*

        …but worse…
        obviously

  • Hot damn! Now I’m inspired. Wonder if there is a Hublot dealer anywhere close……..

  • DanW94

    Some nice choices for the ladies. I like the AP and the Datejust. And while I appreciate the concept of the article, I think his/her watch choices should be independent of each other. Otherwise it’s a slippery slope and before you know it you’re this couple….

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fc8d6301f8e49a0233ed71c407578c6a2d7249f565f39e40dc02d902cab65d9c.jpg

    • I think the dog is cute.

      • DanW94

        The poor things tried to run away several times, only to be returned. Well, you can see how they determine that they’re the rightful owners….

        • Poor dog. You think someone would take pity on such a cute dog and keep it if it showed up at the door. Anyone who saw the clothing surely would assume the dog belonged to a wretched lunatic and take it in.

        • IG

          No, I think the dog bought the outfit and forced them to wear it. Don’t let the cuteness fool you.

          • BILL*

            Yes, that dog is the puppetmaster. The other two are Mom of Sam and Dad of Sam.

  • Mystic Bozo

    Who wouldda thought. Casio is the one that gets it.

  • I do his & her tax returns, that’s it. IMO a valentines day gift ought to be more personal.

  • BILL*

    Which watch can I buy David Bredan to ensure that he’ll love me forever?

  • ??????

    Its so easy to match the watches of same brand, same line. More work required to match his&her watches from distinct brands.

  • MEddie90

    I always think the best watch designs are those than can be pulled of by either gender (or should i say any of the 52 genders?). While average wrist size does vary and certain design elements lend themselves to one gender more many classics such as the oyster perpetual, calatrava (and similarly designed dress watches), cartier santos and even the sportier Rolex’s and tool watches can still look great on both wrists.

    Not to sure i’m on board with his and hers watches though, I tend to prefer some individuality and don’t feel the need to match with my partner. Seems a little cutesy for me.

    • commentator bob

      Women look really hot in 34 and 36 mm “men’s” Rolexes.

      • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

        or nothing at all…;-)

  • Yojimbo
  • Yojimbo
  • Marius
    • IG

      Your bird could wear a Panerai Egiziano.

      • BILL*

        His bird is flightless.

    • Whole Lotta Love keeps popping in my mind for whatever reason…

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        Classic
        42 39 56..You could say shes got it all.

  • Berndt Norten

    And to think of what might have been… Had a certain upstart not changed its name, we might well have seen

    Gentlemen Warfare
    Our Lady Peace

    A his/hers collection

    • Word Merchant

      …and don’t forget Janet Trading.

  • Richard

    I’m surprised that Nomos didn’t get a mention – especially considering their “neomatik champagner” variants.

  • commentator bob

    If I was a divorce attorney I would chase couples with matching watches.

    I was surprized that the new Black Bay 36 was not the women’s version in the Black Bay pairing, but maybe there was no woman in the Black Bay pairing.

    • MeaCulpa

      Yup! Other things to look out for if you’re a divorce lawyer: Over endearing couples (relationship seriously on the fritz, one or both probably cheating), couples where one of them just picked up the hobby that the other one has had for years (suspects cheating), EVERY coupe that is described as “THE perfect couple” (also handy for criminal work as there’s a 50/50 chance for divorce/murder).

      • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

        “Take the watch – leave the canoli.”

  • Word Merchant

    John Travolta always likes a big pilot to hand. Allegedly.

  • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    Good for the wife – but what about the girlfriend?

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Great article.

  • DeepEye

    I’m a man and i prefer 34–39mm watches.
    So i guess i’ll be the woman in the scope of this article.

  • Andrew Hughes

    Pretty interesting to see such a wide range of lady’s watches compared to the men’s versions. I think some of the brands have a great offering like the Omega, Longines and JLC. Others look like miniaturized men’s watches with some afterthought bling added “to make it feminine”. That Breitling is unattractive for any sex. Tissot’s pairing of cheap LCD and mother of pearl is baffling and I am not sure the camouflage strap would be the first choice for ladies looking at the Tudor… but that is easily remedied. I enjoyed this one.

  • Ulysses31

    Nothing says “we’re insecure in our relationship” like matching watches. It’s as if you desperately need an outwardly visible statement for your love – “we’re together….see?!” There are plenty of ugly watches in this roundup too.

  • Great list, thanks for this.

  • AGrogToSnatch

    To be honest, I find the his&hers pairings quite boring and uninspired. I don’t understand why my girlfriend should be wearing the women’s version of the exact same watch that I’m wearing. That shows that she has no character at all. Furthermore, buying her a lady’s Date just, Royal Oak, Nautilus etc., only takes money away from my watch budget. My girlfriend doesn’t really need a watch as her main occupations are cooking and washing. For that, her phone is more than enough.

    Here are some pairings which, in my opinion, are much more interesting:

    HIS: A.Lange&Söhne Lange 1
    HER: Michele Gold Plated Cape Chronograph

    HIS: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
    HER: Kirby Sintra vacuum cleaner

    HIS: Patek Philippe Gondolo 5124G
    HER: KitchenAid Artisan Mini

    Furthermore, I’m saddened to see that this article is politically
    incorrect and that it doesn’t take into account the new developments in
    our society. How about a HIS & HIS article, or a HER & HER
    article?

    Greetings from Marius.